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Complaints Arise About Planned Parenthood as Student Resource in Brewster

Complaints Arise About Planned Parenthood as Student Resource in Brewster

Planned Parenthood has been an organization at the center of contention for years. Last Tuesday that controversy came to the Brewster school district. At the end of a Brewster Board of Education meeting on Sep. 13, a resident questioned why Brewster schools is providing Planned Parenthood as a listed resource for students on its website […]

Op-ed: Senior Center at Butterfield Good Deal for Seniors, County

Op-ed: Senior Center at Butterfield Good Deal for Seniors, County

By Carl Albano In my opinion, misleading information has been distributed to the public regarding the Butterfield Senior Center project. I find it discouraging that the majority of complaints about this well intentioned County project come from residents in the very area it is designed to serve. Fortunately, it is a small minority who have […]

Revisions, But Not All, to Butterfield Lease Approved Again

Revisions, But Not All, to Butterfield Lease Approved Again

Another round of the lease that would guarantee a senior center in Cold Spring at the Butterfield redevelopment was approved by the Putnam County Legislature, but not before more heated debate between the nine-person body took place. After a minor revision couldn’t be voted on because one lawmaker would not accept the additional change, the […]

Brewster Library Seeks Building Expansion, Voter Referendum

Brewster Library Seeks Building Expansion, Voter Referendum

In hopes of doubling its size, the Brewster Public Library wants to put a referendum out to voters sooner rather than later that would provide funding for the large-scale expansion. Library officials and trustees came to the Thursday Southeast town board meeting in hopes of convincing the town board to hold a special election that […]

Putnam First Responders to Play in Softball Fundraiser

Putnam First Responders to Play in Softball Fundraiser

  On Saturday, September 17th starting at approximately 5 p.m., the Putnam County Volunteer Fireman’s Association will sponsor a team that will represent the Putnam County Volunteer Fire agencies in the Championship softball game at Dutchess Stadium. The team representing the Putnam County Fire agencies will play against fire and police agencies from Dutchess County. Admission […]

State and Putnam County Primary Election Results

State and Putnam County Primary Election Results

State and county primaries were finally decided Tuesday night, with little surprise in the final results. In the 94th assembly Republican primary, Mahopac resident Kevin Byrne topped Carmel Councilwoman and Mahopac resident Suzi McDonough. Byrne collected 55 percent of the vote in Putnam County, compared to the 44 percent McDonough picked up, and Byrne easily […]

Murphy Announces Funding Stream for Putnam’s Lakes

Murphy Announces Funding Stream for Putnam’s Lakes

By Andrew Vitelli Senator Terrence Murphy announced legislation Thursday to create a funding stream for flooding and watershed issues in lake communities in Putnam County. Murphy was joined by officials from throughout Putnam at a press conference at Lake Mahopac to discuss the available funding. “We know how expensive it is to keep these lakes […]

40th Senate Democratic Primary Preview

40th Senate Democratic Primary Preview

By David Propper and Martin Wilbur  Falk Ready to Fight for Progressive Values at State Level For the past several years, Andrew Falk believes he has continued to fight for middle class and working class folks that don’t have a political voice in the state government process. Describing himself as a liberal and progressive Democrat, […]

Sexual Predators Targeted in State Senate Race

Sexual Predators Targeted in State Senate Race

By Rick Pezzullo and Neal Rentz The incumbent state senator in the 40th District and his potential Democratic opponent held separate press conferences on the same day last week advocating the passage of different legislation concerning sexual predators and their victims. Senator Terrence Murphy (R/ Yorktown) appeared at Koegel Park in Somers last Wednesday with […]

Mahopac Library Setting up Shop on Bikeway

Mahopac Library Setting up Shop on Bikeway

We know your life is busy and you can’t always get to the library. So our staff members are leaving the library to meet you while you’re on the move! During the week of September 12, we will be setting up a table at four different locations on the Putnam County Trailway in Mahopac. Our […]

New Community Coalition Focuses on Safeguarding Children

New Community Coalition Focuses on Safeguarding Children

“Don’t wait, communicate, make your emergency plan today” is the returning theme of National Preparedness Month which kicks off September 1. This year in Putnam County, the 13th annual observance is getting added attention with the growing efforts of the Community Resilience Coalition (CRC). Agencies from the public, private and non-profit sectors make up the […]

The Battle Over Butterfield’s Senior Center Not Over Yet

The Battle Over Butterfield’s Senior Center Not Over Yet

For the second time this month, there was more cross-talking and even cross- shouting between Putnam County legislators and residents from Cold Spring and Garrison with the proposed senior center at the Butterfield redevelopment the center of contention. With Garrison resident and former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and his hefty $500,000 donation out of […]

Business Profile: P&K Redemption Center, Brewster

Business Profile: P&K Redemption Center, Brewster

Every cent can make a difference. That’s the thought process that the owners of P&K Redemption Center, Cliff Zimmerman (nickname Kippy) and Prince Singh, have been counting on during the month of August. The new business, which is a place where residents can turn in bottles and cans for monetary returns, has been offering six […]

Mahopac Residents Strongly Oppose Proposed Cell Tower

Mahopac Residents Strongly Oppose Proposed Cell Tower

A group of local residents expressed concern and outright opposition to Putnam County’s plan to construct a cell tower during an Aug. 24 Carmel Town Board meeting. The county is seeking to put up a new 180-foot tall tower on county-owned property on Hill Street in Mahopac. On Aug. 2, the county Legislature voted to […]

In Rare Move, Putnam Valley Schools Further Reduces Taxes

In Rare Move, Putnam Valley Schools Further Reduces Taxes

After a New York State Comptroller’s Office audit report made recommendations to the Putnam Valley school district to improve its budget process and reduce taxes, the Putnam Valley Board of Education took action in light of the report last week. Homeowners in the Putnam Valley school district are in for a pleasant surprise when they […]

Hay Burns Hot Over Barrett Hill Housing Proposal

Hay Burns Hot Over Barrett Hill Housing Proposal

Southeast Supervisor Tony Hay held nothing back when addressing the Barrett Hill housing proposal during a public hearing last week that raised tensions on the town board. While comments from residents and the development team, including principal developer Harold Lelper, were tame, the real fireworks started when town board members discussed their thoughts on the […]

Philipstown Justice to Step Down Amid Judicial Complaints

Philipstown Justice to Step Down Amid Judicial Complaints

A longtime Town of Philipstown judge, who faced judicial complaints, is resigning from his position, officials announced Thursday. Alan Steiner, who is the Philipstown justice and acting Village of Cold Spring justice, has notified town and village officials of his intent to step down on September 20 according to the New York State Commission on […]

Does Your State Lawmaker Deserve a Pay Increase?

Does Your State Lawmaker Deserve a Pay Increase?

As a New York State sanctioned commission considers a 46 percent pay raise for state senators and assemblypersons, lawmakers in the Lower Hudson Valley had mixed feelings about the potential bump in their own salary. The Commission on Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Compensation, a seven-person panel, is determining whether lawmakers deserve more than the $79,500 […]

Business Profile: Lawrence Zacks-RE/MAX, Somers

Business Profile: Lawrence Zacks-RE/MAX, Somers

To find the perfect house, real estate agent Lawrence Zacks, owner of a RE/MAX branch in Somers, learns as much about a buyer’s background as possible. Depending on if a buyer grew up in a cramped apartment in the city, or dozens of acres on farmland in the mid-west, Zacks needs to know everything about […]

Putnam Hospital Center Hires New President

Putnam Hospital Center Hires New President

Peter Kelly has joined Health Quest as the president of Putnam Hospital Center. “I’m delighted to be at Putnam Hospital Center and look forward to participating in the further development of Health Quest and the benefits it will bring to the hospital and the patients we serve,” Kelly said. Kelly replaces James Caldas, who left […]

Putnam and Carmel Face Lawsuit Against Exonerated Man

Putnam and Carmel Face Lawsuit Against Exonerated Man

Free from prison after a wrongful conviction locked him up for almost eight years, William Haughey intends to file a federal lawsuit against New York State, Putnam County, and the Town of Carmel. Claiming he was falsely arrested and imprisoned, Haughey is also taking the state to the NYS Court of Claims for $25 million, […]

BOCES Hosts Women in Educational Leadership

BOCES Hosts Women in Educational Leadership

Seventy-six percent of teachers nationally are women, yet only 27 percent hold the top job of school superintendent. Statistics like that led Jazz Conboy, general counsel of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, and Lynn Allen, assistant superintendent of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, to organize a retreat entitled “Supporting Women in Educational […]

War of Words Ensue After McDonough Booted from CON Line

War of Words Ensue After McDonough Booted from CON Line

The race between Republicans Kevin Byrne and Suzi McDonough heated up last week after McDonough was thrown off the Conservative line ahead of September’s 94th district assembly primary. McDonough, a Carmel councilwoman and Mahopac resident, was tossed from the Conservative line by the New York State Board of Elections after she submitted signatures that were […]

Kent OKs Maternity Leave for Town Workers

Kent OKs Maternity Leave for Town Workers

By Arthur Cusano Kent town employees will be now able to spend a little more time with their newborns, thanks to a new policy put in place last week at Kent’s town board meeting. Employees can now get two weeks paid maternity or paternity leave following the birth of a child or adoption. Four town […]

Moms Across Region Take Part in ‘Big Latch On’

Moms Across Region Take Part in ‘Big Latch On’

More than 20 mothers across Putnam County and the greater region took part in the Big Latch On, meant to raise awareness and promote breastfeeding worldwide last Friday. The third annual event took place at the Carmel Fire House and at 10:30 a.m., the mothers simultaneously breastfed their child or children, along with hundreds of […]

Ailes Pulls Donation From Philipstown Senior Center

Ailes Pulls Donation From Philipstown Senior Center

(This article has been updated.)  Roger Ailes’ donation toward a new senior center in Philipstown turned out to be worth a half-million dollar disappointment. In a stunning move that throws questions into whether a new senior center will be placed at the Butterfield redevelopment in Cold Spring, Ailes, a Garrison resident and former Fox News […]

Town of Patterson, Union Workers Look to Reach New Contract

Town of Patterson, Union Workers Look to Reach New Contract

Patterson town highway and sanitation workers, part of the CSEA union, picketed outside town hall Wednesday evening prior to a meeting in which the union and town board looked to hash out some of their difference in hopes of reaching a new contract. The town and union have been in discussions since last August and […]

Kent Resident Honored for 4-H Fair Dedication at the Grill

Kent Resident Honored for 4-H Fair Dedication at the Grill

For the past 35 years, under the blazing sun, Bill Giles has been working the grill at the 4-H Fair cooking sausages, hot dogs, and burgers for thousands of residents and other fair visitors. To commemorate his 35th year of hard work and withstanding the heat, Giles, a Kent resident, was honored with this year’s […]

Ailes Pulls Donation for Philipstown Senior Center

Ailes Pulls Donation for Philipstown Senior Center

Garrison resident and former FOX News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has pulled a $500,000 donation meant to go toward a new senior center at the Butterfield redevelopment. In an article in the Putnam County News and Recorder, which is owned by the Ailes family and operated by his wife Beth, it states after the […]

Mahopac Golf and Beach Club Member Wins Met Junior Championship

Mahopac Golf and Beach Club Member Wins Met Junior Championship

An eagle and three consecutive birdies by Christian Cavaliere during a five-hole stretch of the championship match in the 99th Met Junior Championship sponsored by MetLife helped propel the Katonah native to the title at The Patterson Club on July 14. Cavaliere came out on top in every facet this week, earning medalist honors in […]